Interview of Ashok Saraf, Marathi Actor

By Jitendra More, ©MMW News 30 Jan, 2009
Ashok Saraf

Did you think of producing a comedy movie while entering the production line?
I have done a lot of comedy movies since the beginning. The audience expected comedy from me since I was always a comedy actor. I made a comedy movie to offer the audience what they wanted.
What were your expectations form the Ek Dav Dhobi Pachad?
In today’s stressful life, a movie should be an entertaining one. When the audience should come out of the theatre they should come out smiling instead of thinking about what they witnessed. I think this is what the audience expect. I knew that I would get a lot of response from the audience and that Ek Dav Dhobi Pachad would be a hit. I give all the credit to my team. Even Nivedita helped a lot. She took lot of efforts while making this movie.

Did you have any special plans for distribution?
No movie becomes popular only through marketing and promotion. Word of mouth publicity also plays an important role. I am thankful to Zee Talkies for taking my movie to every household.

Whose name was on your mind for the direction part?
I was not thinking of anyone in particular. I am happy with my director. Though he is not so popular, he is smart. He knows what cinema actually means. He knows how to put things in place and how a particular scene will look on the screen. And of course, I was always there. I told him how to do things. My own experience helped a lot.

On what basis do you say a movie is a big hit?
Actually, Marathi Cinema is passing through a good phase. You need to do a good job and not just shoot anything. The picturisation should match your story. Also, only good picturisation does not help. But the actors, script, story and direction should also be of a good quality. In short, if you come up with a good story, the people will always like it.

Besides movies, you have also acted in plays; can you tell us something about this field?
Like I told before, since I am known as a comedy actor, people expect comedy from me. Some years back my play, ‘Anadhikrut’ was being staged. Its story was extremely good. The subject was a bit serious and the play did not do that well. Now, the play which is being staged is a comedy one. I am getting a lot of response from the audience and my role in the play is a comedy one.
Which movie are you planning after Ek Dav Dhobi Pachad?
Yes, I am planning to come up with another movie. The work has initiated. Right now, the story is being worked on. The move will be as good as Dhobi Pachad.

Which is your dream role?
I have always accepted those roles which I have liked. I have a lot of dream roles. It is important for me to live with every role.
User's Comments
Anant | Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 12:27 PM
Great Actor
 Hr. Ashok Saraf Sir, Aapala abhinay pahun manatale malabh nighun jate ani mann manmurad hasayala lagate. Aapla vichar hi manat ala tar, nirasha dur hote. Aaplya abhinay-shaktila maza manacha mujaraa.!!!!!!!!
Nita Nalawade | Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 10:33 AM
Hello Ashokji
Hello Sir, Me tumchi khup mothi fan aahe. Mala tumche saglech abhinay, chitrapat avadtat.
Vishal Mahajan | Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 1:01 PM
Versatile Abhineta
Mala tumche saglech chitrapat aawadtat he kahi sangaayalaa nako!!! 2 goshtee sangavyashya aahet.
1. Juni acting/comedy - ati-uttam jashi chuliwar shijawaleli anna aani (rangadepana, gavathi kas)
2. Naveen acting/comedy jashi GAS chya shegdiwar shijawalele anna(hybrid aani kas naslela).
fakta "Ek Unad Diwas" sodoon. raag maanu nakaa... Sarwancha....Vishal Mahajan
Pankaj Kulkarni | Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 6:12 PM
Ashok mama n Lakshya
Hi.. Ashok mama mala tumchi acting khup avdate sade made 3 hi film khup chan aahe but mama we miss u lakshya ur best friend Ashok Saraf is one of the greatest comedian in the world, I think no other man in the industry like him ur big fan pankaj kulkarni
Lahu Ambawane | Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 2:06 PM
Ashok saraf is one of the greatest comedian in the world, I think no other man in the industry like him
King Forever | Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 3:50 PM
A good adaptation
This Film is directly lifted from sylvester stallone's "oscar".No harm in adapting a script from a hollywood film but they should acknowledge it while taking credit for its success. As for the film, its an entertaining film!
Bhagavan Karande | Sun, Nov 8, 2009 at 10:57 PM
Congratulation to my great hero Ashok Sarof
Very nice! best luck to marathi cinema and Ashok Sarof
Archana Waingankar | Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 7:35 PM
I Like Subodh Bhave. I always see ” Kulvadhu” for him & Purva Gokhale. He is too good actor. In Kulvadu he is really fantastic.He & Purva looking so beautiful as couple. Please inform me if there is any chance to meet him or communicate with him through email .Give my heartiest wishes to Subodh for his future.
Ajinkya | Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 8:38 PM
mukta was was ashok mama
Chetana | Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 12:11 PM
Ek daav dhobi pachhad rocks
This is really good comedy. Nice team selection by the director. Everyone has proved themselves. specially subodh. Really nice movie.
Rushikesh Rasal | Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 2:01 PM
Marathi rangabhumivar kam karane babat
Mala marathi Rangabhumivar kam karayche ahe. mala ya khetrar yenyasathi kay karave lagel?
Nilesh, | 13/02/2009 09:12 AM
We Enjoy Movie
Much more better movie than galgale nighale... Ashok Saraf still have his command over his comedy.. He is really good actor. my whole family like the movie.. we enjoy it !
Smita, | 13/02/2009 5:07 AM
Good Movie
Very Good Movie... Nice romantic comedy.....
Pradeep, | 06/02/2009 3:36 PM
Ashok Mama Rocks!
Ashokji, Tumcha comedhy cha timing supurb aahe, I like the movie very much... khup majja aali movie pahatana.
Nishant, | 02/02/2009 3:36 AM
Prasad Oak , Pushkar
Pushkar ne far chan kaam kelay, and he can prove moe himself ,,, give him more chance.. he really done good comedy in dhobi pachad... best of luck team.